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Another Killer Virus
There's another one out there … a VBScript work. It arrives attached to an
e-mail with "FW:" and a random message in the subject line. The attachment
is also a random name. When you open it, it will do nasty things: copy
itself, replace files, delete files, etc.
Again, this might be a good excuse to remind your staff to practice "good
First, install AND USE! a high-quality virus checker … the best ones are
those which are updated on at least a monthly basis. There are several
industry leaders from which to choose:
* Symantec's Norton AntiVirus (www.symanatec.com)
* Cheyenne Inoculan
* McAfee VirusScan
These are available over the internet directly from the manufacturer or from
computer stores such as CompUSA and Best Buy.
Other ways you can protect yourself from damage include:
* Perform periodic back-ups of all your data; the schedule depends on how
much you can lose (can you lose an entire month of data and not feel too
much pain? How about a week? A day?)
* Most viruses come through e-mail attachments. Never open an attachment
unless you are sure of the sender (and even then, it's not always safe!).
Always save it to disk instead of opening it directly so that your virus
checker has a change to scan it. Set your virus checker to scan all
attachments before they are open.
Lawrence A. Parker
The Ohio Center for Critical Thinking Instruction
Truth, Honor and Courage
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